Friday, February 12, 2016

       The day I decided to home school because I needed to adjust my priorities

In the beginning: we sent our oldest child now of 5 off to Kindergarten which was a typical thing you just did with no questions asked. This was the normal around me. I will be honest with you we were inexperienced both working full time jobs unrelated to children. We were naive of the whole experience of education. I won't lie. We had Grandma basically raising our child and running our household while we worked to provide a home for us. Our teacher was a third grade teacher by nature and let us know what complete failures we were as parents. I came home balling just about everyday after picking up our son for educational things I did not do, on top of a long day of working. Our family quickly snapped into catch up mode and tried to reach her demands of educating. We memorized sight words, began to read, worked on our writing and counted to 100. This stuff I considered 1st grade from back in my experiences as a young child. I was so wrong. I was amazed how time has changed our schools. I was lucky we taught him his shapes, colors, ABC's,123's and his written name, That is all I remembered from kindergarten. Kindergarten was much more than I ever expected. 
I had the chance to retire: I retired early with 20 years instead of 30. I took this time to research options of what else was out there in the world for education. We went down to a one income household with my retirement added in. I started on my adventure to home school. Child 2,3,4,5 came along. We went with a eclectic type of Fun-School interest led. I pulled from all resources on the Web to Library to curriculum I researched. My kids were so close in age I began to teach all together. I taught the oldest separate. I stuck with All About Spelling and All About Reading and Harcourt Math. I joined my oldest in for Science, Social Studies and Art, Gym and field trips. I found it was easier to teach 1 group instead of bouncing between all of the children.
If the children are interested they will learn: My daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia and ADHD At 6 years old. A new door opened for home school for us. I have started to use a work book program called Dyslexic Games and Fun-School Journals From The Thinking Tree. We are working with the kids on what they are good at and what really interest them. I found they retain so much more over a longer period of time this way. My number one mistake was I thought I needed to be like everyone else's home school plan. The fact is that you have to do what is right for your family and find your own natural rhythm.  My quotes that I love the most would be "Learn to love and Love to learn"  and "Forgive yourself often". My best Advice for you would be never to stop learning for your family. Take care of yourself and do things you enjoy also. Read that book. Watch that Movie. Listen to your favorite music.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Book Review

Montgomery Rabbit By Sandy Little Illustrated by David Wenzel 65 pages

Montgomery a cute little lop-eared rabbit who adventures out for the first time from his shady fenced 

in yard. Montgomery has adventures of meeting a new rabbit named Bentley who keeps him aware 

of the exhilarating dangers that Montgomery faces out in the open spaces from his white fenced in 


Montgomery needed to learn fast about all the new animals that were out in about searching for their

next meal. Montgomery and Bentley were on an adventure to find a raspberry patch that

Montgomery's girl used to feed him. While on their adventures they passed a farm full of animals

that helped them to find the red raspberry patch across the pond. In all the excitement of

Montgomery's adventure he found his girl who would feed him red raspberries together at last.

Sandy Little gave this book to Smith Home School for our honest opinion and signed the copy of 

Montgomery Rabbit. We so love the story and what we take from it is people/animals can learn from

each other.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Having some fun with a new chalk marker medium Chalkola

Chalkola Chalk Markers

DIY' Selfers, Who hasn't wanted to draw on their large living room window in a festive holiday spirit? We are starting to celebrate Valentines Day with the children and begin talking about the love that God has for us. I found Chalk Markers from Chalkola. Here is an absolutely neat product that I used last night for the first time.

We had so much fun! These markers are:
* child safe 
* water based 
* non-toxic 
* washes off from cloths 
* low odor 
*acid free 
* ethylene free 
* quick dry 
* long lasting 

The Kids and I made their spaces their own with chalk markers on chalk board non stick labels. Connor dared me to draw a Valentine tree on our big living room window. I did! Chalkola chalk marker worked perfect. My mistakes, which were many cleaned up wonderfully. 
 These markers were given to us by Chalkola for our honest opinion. I would in fact purchase many more Chalkola colors. I am going to try these chalk markers in my coloring journal with a paint brush next. Do I have to share with the kids? Chalkola is artist quality. This product gave us a new medium to explore with colors.

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